May 2010

The Marais, Paris

31 May 2010 · 2 comments

Sometimes the best laid plans just don’t go according to plan. Since so many places in Paris are closed on Monday (including a number of museums), spending the day in the Marais district where places are open on Mondays seemed like a good idea. Or so I thought. As I strolled the narrow streets chockablock […]


Tomorrow is my birthday, but since so many restaurants in Paris (like everywhere else) are closed on Mondays, I decided to celebrate a day early. The place I chose is Mon Vieil Ami (My Old Friend) in the heart of the city on the tiny Île Saint-Louis on the Seine River. I had read about […]


This is my third trip to Paris in four years, and I’ve fallen into a new ritual that is turning out to be quite nice. After a long all-night flight (with little sleep), slog through French customs, and haul into Paris and to my hotel, I head to the very chic bistro Le Comptoir du […]



5 May 2010 · 0 comments

When it opened last September, expectations were high for Xoco (“little sister” in Aztec), Rick Bayless’s quick-stop, Mexican “street food” eatery offering mainly tortas (sandwiches), salads, and caldos (soups). And so were the lines. Bayless had just won Top Chef Master and anticipation from Chicagoans had climbed after more than a year of waiting for the opening. […]